Sponsor: In 2013, Anna Dianich opened Tolt Yarn and Wool. a local yarn shop in the beautiful Pacific Northwest town of Carnation, Washington. Last Fall we celebrated Tolt’s second anniversary, with the release of a very special book, Farm to Needle: Stories of Wool. When we pick up our needles and cast-on the first stitch, we become part of something much bigger than the project at hand. Farmers, shearers, spinners and dyers are working hard not only to produce the yarn we love, but to preserve a way of life that is at real risk of being lost. Farm to Needle invites you to join a journey; to peek behind the scenes of some of our favorite producers and gain a deeper understanding of the people, places, and animals at work. Discover Aspen Hollow Farm, Green Mountain Spinnery, Imperial Stock Ranch, Thirteen Mile Farm, YOTH, Saco River Dye House, and Twirl through patterns by Dianna Walla, Tif Fussell, Veronika Jobe, Karen Templer, Andrea Rangel, Annie Rowden and myself. This book was beautifully captured by a hardworking team, lead by Anna and Kathy Cadigan.
March is Icelandic Wool Month at Tolt, and to celebrate they’re hosting classes by Cirilia Rose and Andrea Mowry along with an Icealandic Knit-A-Long. You can find details on their blog.
I hope you take some time to get to know Tolt better. If you’ve had the privilege of visiting Tolt in person, you know how truly amazing this place is. It’s evident the heart and soul Anna and her incredible team put into creating an experience that feels like home with your fiber family. What a special place to have in this fiber community of ours. Make sure to visit Tolt in Carnation and online at Toltyarnandwool.com for a very special collection of fibers, notion and books, including Tolt’s book Farm to Needle and follow along on Instagram @toltyarnandwool.com
Fiber folk: Mary Jane Mucklestone is a gem that shines bright in this community, and if you’ve had the pleasure of meeting her, then you know what I’m talking about. Her designs and footprint in color work has made her knowledge a staple in the fiber world. Her energy is infectious and her passion even more so. You can find Mary Jane at maryjanemucklestone.com and on Instagram @mjmucklestone and you can find more info about Mary and Gudrun’s Shetland trips theshetlandtrader.com/shetland-trips
Photo by Mary Jane Mucklestone and Kathy Cadigan
And a fun little video by Kathy Cadigan…
Sponsor: Wing and a Prayer Farm is a fiber farm with beautiful pastures in Shaftsbury, Vermont and maker of some of the most delicious Shetland and true farm yarns I’ve had the privilege of using. The owner and operator of Wing and a Prayer farm is Tammy White, an incredible woman with a huge heart for both human and animal and everything in between. I’ve had the privilege of watching part of her fiber journey unfold as she shared a bit of her story in Episode 16 and has taken such care in creating a collection of yarns from her fiber flock which consists of Cotswold, Cormo, Shetland, Corriedale, Merino, Mohair and Alpaca…resulting in fibers that are a pleasure to knit with and wear.
Last month Annie Rowden of By Annie Claire released a beautiful new pattern, Earlyrising…a cabled hat designed with Wing and a Prayer’s Shetland yarn, a rustic yet soft 100% Shetland wool. This hat is the perfect ‘let’s get the chores done’ kind of hat, full of texture and all over intertwining cables.
Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway is, Robin Ham, you’ve won 3 issues of Amirisu magazine, congratulations!
This week’s giveaways are sponsored by Wing and a Prayer Farm, by Annie Claire and Mary Jane Mucklestone and we’re giving away a Earlyrising hat kit which includes the pattern and two skeins of Wing and a Prayer’s Shetland yarn. We’re also giving away a copy of Mary Jane’s book 150 Scandinavian Motifs.
To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post.
Music by Jónsi.